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#1 robinsharvell

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Posted 28 July 2010 - 10:34 AM

Hey, ive been asked to do a shoot boat to boat, the equipment will be an archer rig with an HDX 900 and J21 lens (so longer than i would like). Is it better to be soft mounted or hard mounted when doing this? also if anyone has a better idea of how to get a fluid boat to boat shot i would like to know :)

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#2 Sanjay Sami

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Posted 28 July 2010 - 12:03 PM

Hey, ive been asked to do a shoot boat to boat, the equipment will be an archer rig with an HDX 900 and J21 lens (so longer than i would like). Is it better to be soft mounted or hard mounted when doing this? also if anyone has a better idea of how to get a fluid boat to boat shot i would like to know :)

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Hi Robin,

I use a Gyrostabilised Gimbal mount. It works like a steadicam, but is tripod mounted, and you dont need an arm for boat work (most of the time). If you operate steadicam, this will be a breeze.
Unfortunately I have only 2 of them. One works out of Athens, Greece and the other is with me in Mumbai, India. Contact me if you need one. It does work great.

Sanjay Sami
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(Disclaimer : I build the one you see in the picture)

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#3 Ken Nguyen

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Posted 29 July 2010 - 03:56 AM

Robin,
It's a simple question, but it isn't a simple answer!
You need to be more specific about the type of boat you will shoot and the that you will be on (big boat, small boat, speed boat....)
And, what kind of water will you be on (lake, river, stream, ocean, ...)
And, more! weather condition (windy, high surf, still, high /low current,...)
And, even more!!! physical distance between the boats,
And, !!! type of shot (tracking, follow, lead,...)
And, !!! type of lens uses (tele, wide,...)
.....

In a simple and nature friendly case, a hand held shot may looks like a smooth dolly.
Gyro will work for some situation but may yields a worse result on speed boat.
Soft mount or hard mount may also depends on your swimming skill! (sea sickness also a factor!)
Cheers,
Ken Nguyen.
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